fluxONE Posted May 9, 2004 Share Posted May 9, 2004 I make hip hop music and the only things i record are samples off of vinyl and vocals. I sequence my drums, chop my samples and lay basslines through vsti's in cubase. When i mix all my tracks are audio files on the computer. My question is this. What is the best way to use outboard gear? Is the only way to do it to set up output busses in cubase for my sound card outputs and run them through the outboard gear only to run them back into another input on my sound card? If this is the case then the majority of "professional" audio interfaces dont provide nearly enough outs and ins for this. I have the M-audio 1010LT. I run my mic and turntable into 2 inputs and have set up 2 output busses and 2 input busses in cubase to allow two channels of outboard compression. This maxes out my inputs which means i can have no more than two channels of outboard effects without disconnecting my mic or my record player. When i read articles in mags and books about people mixing i see things like "i run the kick through a compressor and then a pultec", "i patch the guitar through a compressor and a delay." "I take the snare and run it through heavy compression" If these people use outboard gear on all their tracks then how do they do it? Is pro tools the only answer? The most outs ive seen on a card is the MOTU firewire card with something like 22 outputs. That would ALMOST do it for some of my mixes. I thought about having a large mixing board but if you dont have the outputs to get the audio to the mixing board then its worthless right? I must be missing something. What I ask of you people is to share with me your ideas, opinions and personal views on the best interfaces and strategies to use outboard gear with computers. Thanks in advance because I know you people know this stuff. Hip Hop is Future. Every generation breeds a new musical style and like it or not, Hip Hop is now. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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